International Services

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Prospective Students Newly Admitted Students Visiting Language Instructors

Everyone is an explorer. How could you possibly live your life
looking at a door and not open it?

–Robert Ballard

The University of Mary Washington Welcomes International Students!

The Center for International Education (CIE) provides support to students interested in study abroad opportunities and serves the needs of incoming international students.

The international community at UMW greatly enriches the cultural, intellectual, and social life of the University. CIE is aware of the demands associated with studying, working, and living in another country and is available to assist international students in matters related to their immigration status, academics, employment, housing, health insurance, medical care, social security, income tax regulations, and personal concerns.

Current Students

CIE also provides international students the opportunity to engage in American cultural activities and events. We partner with UMW’s International Living Community (ILC) whose members serve as a cultural mentor team to welcome new international students to campus.  CIE organizes on and off-campus cultural enrichment activities and encourages participation in the many activities sponsored by the Student Activities and Engagement (SAE) office.  Together, we try to provide as many opportunities to facilitate cross-cultural experiences between international and domestic students.  Some examples of past activities include excursions to Washington D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg, the Gordonsville Rodeo, the Grave’s Mountain Apple Harvest Festival, the “Halloween Haunt” at a regional amusement park, and UMW’s Cross Cultural Barbeque.